Watermelon, Feta and Basil Skewers

These super delicious Watermelon, Feta and Basil skewers are a perfect warm weather party pleaser. I actually made them for my birthday back in August, and I’ve been meaning to blog about them & share the recipe with you all for the last two months but I just didn’t get around to it. Sorry, because here in the northern hemisphere we are now hitting winter, but for my Southern Hemisphere readers out there – definitely add this little beauty of a canapé recipe to your summer to-make list!

Fresh, sweet watermelon and feta cheese are a match made in food heaven and balance each other so well because of the salty-sweet combo. And the addition of basil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar makes it even more delicious. Plus you can prepare these bites in minutes and it’s refreshing, light and healthy!

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Watermelon, Feta and Basil Skewers

Ingredients:

Fresh watermelon
Block of feta cheese (handy little tip: pop your feta into the freezer an hour before you’re ready to use it–this makes it easy to cube and keeps it from crumbling on your skewer)
Bunch of fresh basil leaves
Reduced balsamic vinegar (optional, not in my photos)

Method:

Cut the chilled watermelon into approximately 5cm cubes. And cut the feta carefully into similar sized cubes–being careful not to crush or crumble it. On a small skewer assemble the canapé by stacking a cube of watermelon,  feta cheese and fresh basil. Continue until all are assembled.  Then lightly drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve.

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So simple but oh so tasty! The combination of watermelon and feta actually also works really well as a refreshing salad – for example THIS recipe is a real winner! Have you ever tried this combination of sweet and salty before?


  
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Brunch at Daisy Green, Marble Arch London

I recently discovered a great new brunch spot in London – Daisy Green in Marble Arch! This quirky little cafe was recommended to me by a friend of mine. And it turns out that quite a few of my friends actually know the Aussie born owner Prue Freeman. Prue gave up her legal career to follow her foodie dreams to set up Daisy Green. I truly admire that kind of courage, because really it’s secretly my dream too – to one day open my own cafe….

She actually started Daisy Green originally in a 1975 Ford Transit called “Pinky”, selling frozen yogurt on the streets of London & at festivals and events. But now she’s got a great cafe in Portman Village / Marble Arch, plus also a smaller versions called ‘Beany Green‘ serving artisan coffee and treats from funky ‘hole in the wall’ locations based in Paddington/Little Venice and Southbank.  In her cafes Prue’s aim is to bring quality, health, personality and love to the streets of London.

This weekend after our Saturday morning Running Club session we all made our way to Daisy Green for a post-exercise brunch. I love the quirky design and features of the cafe – it definitely looks like a happy place don’t you think?

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We started with coffee and juices while we all tried to decide what to order from the Aussie Brunch menu – I mean it all sounded so damn delicious. And while we waited for our food to arrive, some of us just couldn’t resist entertaining joking around with the wwabbit head in the cafe! ;)

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OK enough silliness…..Let’s eat brunch shall we?

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Some of the dishes that we ordered: AVOCADO w labne & lime on dark rye + with an added poached egg (that was me, an easy guess right?) // Broccoli and corn fritters with avocado and a poached egg // The summer salad with quinoa, samphire, cucumber, sun blushed tomatoes, avocado and seeds + with added bacon and a poached egg // two organic free range eggs (poached in this cafe) with tomato on sourdough + side of avocado and bacon.

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Other dishes on the menu I will have to try next time at Daisy Green are the Shakshouka baked eggs (PS: check out my two of my personal winning baked egg recipes HERE and HERE) and the homemade Maple granola w thick yogurt, seasonal fruits & coconut flakes – yummy!

Daisy Green is also known for it’s own homemade Banana Bread so we couldn’t resist also ordering ‘Marco’s Famous Banana Bread Sandwich’ to share. Think delicious freshly baked banana bread with honey, whipped cream and fresh berries! Oeh la la it was gooooooood.

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We had a great time at Daisy Green and loved the food, vibe and super friendly service. I will definitely be back :) Will you go and check it out?

Daisy Green of Portman Village
20 Seymour Street
W1H 7HX, London
Phone:0207 723 3301
http://daisygreenfood.com
reservations@daisygreenfood.com
Or follow Daisy Green on Instagram HERE or Twitter HERE


  
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Good friends..

Hello everyone. I am sorry I have been a bit distant on the blog recently. I had a pretty busy weekend and then something happened that took me by surprise and has knocked me off balance. I don’t really like to go into too much personal detail on my blog – one, to give myself some privacy in a very social media active life, but also because I want to ensure my blog is mostly a positive place. So I won’t go into the detail of what happened but all I can say is that I haven’t felt the best and happiest in the last few days. What is amazing though about hard times in life, is realising  how amazing friendships are and how much your friends and family will do for you. In the last few days my friends (and family) have been a HUGE rock of support for me and I really can’t express enough how lucky and thankful I am to have so many amazing people around me that care about me and are there to help me when I am down.

 Good friends..

“Good friends help you to find important things when you have lost them. Your smile, your hope, and your courage.” ~ Doe Zantamata

I am truly blessed and touched by having so many incredible people in my life that love me and are there for me whenever I need them, be it with cuddles, cooking me food, just listening to me or for making me smile again. Friends are the best, don’t you think? Happy Hump Day everyone!


  
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What I’ve been reading..

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week? Thought I would quickly share a post on what I’ve been reading recently. I don’t always get much time to read, but I do love escaping into a good book occasionally. Here are three books I managed to read in the last few months and my thoughts on them.

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Gone Girl
The Story:  Who are you? What have we done to each other? These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren’t made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?
The Facts: Gone Girl is a thriller novel by American writer Gillian Flynn. It was published in June 2012 and it soon made the New York Times Best Seller list.  The movie adaptation of Gone Girl (starring Ben Affleck) has just been released in the UK and I have to say I am quite keen to see it how they will tell the story.
My Thoughts:  I actually really enjoyed this book and the twists and turns in the story but I have also read about many people hating this book. It’s a pretty twisted story but personally I’d recommend it as I found it difficult to put down and an easy read.

The Husband’s Secret
The Story: “My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…” Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.
The Facts:  Best-selling author Liane Moriarty weaves a terrific tale of secrets, family, grief and desperation set in Australia’s suburbs. If you like Jodi Picoult’s novels then I think you’ll like this book too.
My Thoughts:  The Husband’s Secret is an complex novel of multiple stories and lives that all affect one another in the end. I was impressed by the way the author handled this, although I must admit, in the beginning, for the first few chapters, I was a bit confused about what was happening and where it was leading. But I soon fell in love with the characters and couldn’t wait to find out what would happen to each one. Finished this book in days and thought it was thought-provoking about how we must live with the consequences of our actions – whether we like it or not.

The Rosie Project
The Story: Love isn’t an exact science – but no one told Don Tillman. A thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don’s never had a second date. So he devises the Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie – ‘the world’s most incompatible woman’ – throwing Don’s safe, ordered life into chaos. But what is this unsettling, alien emotion he’s feeling?
The Facts: Novel by Graeme Simsion and winner of the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript was published in Australia by Text Publishing on 30 January, 2013. Rights have been sold in 40 countries and the screenplay of The Rosie Project has been optioned to Sony Pictures so will probably become a movie. Apparently he’s also writing the next installment called ‘The Rosie Effect’
My Thoughts: I liked this witty ‘romantic’ comedy. The Rosie Project makes for a entertaining and unusual read, mainly because it is told entirely from Don’s perspective and his rather unique take on the world. At first his thoughts are quite strange but quickly he becomes very endearing and I found myself chuckling at his analyses of his various projects. He thinks differently from most people which comes across in every thought that goes through his head. It would be easy to ridicule him but this author manages to make Don funny without ever making him an object of fun. It is an easy and interesting read and a bit more intelligent than the standard rom-com book.

Have you read any of the above and what did you think? Or what books have you been reading recently as I would love to hear your recommendations!


  
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Look at the stars

It’s that time of the week again for some mid-week wisdom. Love this quote below. I have to admit that’s one thing I really miss from living in a big city like London, not being able to see a bright sky full of stars! It’s amazing when you’re in the countryside or near the ocean and you can look at the stars and see this huge universe out there. It always makes me remember what a small part of the bigger picture we really are…

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I hope you all have a great rest of the week, you’re over the hump! Happy Hump Day :)


  
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